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The Prescott boys basketball team stole the spotlight of the Middle Border Conference once again by receiving the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards for the second year in a row. Nick Johnson was named the MBC's top coach after leading his players to another undefeated conference record, while the Player of the Year award was passed down from 2017 graduate Owen Hamilton to Peter Brookshaw.
In previous years, wrestling teams of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference participated with the Big Rivers Conference schools for an end-of-the-season conference tournament. However, the Big Rivers decided to end that relationship beginning this season. According to Mike DeWyre, the DSC's commissioner, with only five schools participating in the DSC, the schools decided not to "knock heads" again for a conference tourney at the end of the year and, hopefully, be a little stronger going into the WIAA Regionals.
Remember when people doubted the Prescott boys basketball team's chances of earning another WIAA state tournament bid? The Cardinals do, and they're now smirking at those who ruled them out for making noise this season after earning their third trip to the Kohl Center in four years on Saturday, March 10.
As of 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9, Prescott High School still has 200 tickets available for the Division 3 WIAA Sectional 1 Finals game between the Cardinals and the Wisconsin Dells Chiefs, which will be held in Menomonie on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $5 again from 9-10 a.m. in the Prescott HS Commons on Saturday prior to the Chiefs vs. Cardinals game.
Prescott vs. Ellsworth boys basketball games have become a friendlier, high school version of Duke vs. University of North Carolina faces offs. The Prescott Cardinals (23-2) and Ellsworth Panthers (20-5) boys basketball teams gave their fans one final well-fought rivalry game on Thursday, March 8 at the Division 3 WIAA Sectional 1 semifinals. Though many wondered if they could beat another team for the third time this season, the Cardinals gave the Panthers their fifth and final loss of the season, three of which Prescott was responsible for.
The Prescott Cardinals girls basketball team finished 10-4 in the Middle Border Conference this season, marking their best conference record since the 2002-03 season when they finished 11-3. Last year, the Cardinals finished 6-8 in MBC play. The difference between this year and last? The Cardinals' addition of junior center Haylee Yaeger.
After defeating St. Croix Central on Saturday, March 3, the Prescott boys basketball team is onto the Division 3 WIAA sectional semifinals for the fifth year in a row. Prescott (No. 1 seed, 22-2) will face the Ellsworth Panthers (No. 3 seed, 20-4) for the third time this season in the sectional game. Their strategy for the biggest competition of their season? To treat it like any other game.
The Ellsworth boys basketball team (20-4) won their 20th game of the season on Saturday, March 3 against the Bloomer Blackhawks (21-3) and became WIAA regional finals champions. With the win and the title, this year's Panthers team became the winningest Ellsworth boys basketball squad since the program's 1966-67 team.
Kobe Bryant was the kid with the rolled up tube socks dreaming about hitting game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, but Drake Flom was the young boy shooting baskets on the Nerf hoop that hung from his childhood bedroom while pretending he was a varsity player on the Ellsworth boys basketball team.
The seventh-seeded Spring Valley Cardinals were eliminated at home in the first round of the Division 4 WIAA playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 27 by the No. 10 Chetek-Weyerhaueser Bulldogs. The Cardinals finished the year with a 12-11 record, and graduate five seniors — Jack Walkky, Craigen Anderson, Mason Johnson, Kado and Zack Williams.